August 16, 2007 19:00
On Thursday night, the first ever PBA Senior Dick Weber Invitational kicked off in Ballwin, Mo., with a special reception at West County Lanes. This new special PBA Senior Tour event honors the memory of the late PBA legend Dick Weber, who lived most of his incredible life in the St. Louis area.
The event started with a night of tributes to Weber and the rich history of the PBA at the center where the famous Budweiser Team competed for many years. The team was made up of future PBA Hall of Famers Ray Bluth, Don Carter and Dick Weber, along with Bill Lillard and team captain Pat Patterson, who built West County Lanes in 1965.
A group of local celebrities were on hand to take part in a four-team bowling challenge. Three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, an East St. Louis native widely regarded as one of the greatest female athletes of all-time, led a team of celebrities that also included former Major League Baseball players and St. Louis Cardinals stars Jack Clark and Ken Daley, former St. Louis Blues goaltender Jon Casey and International Boxing Federation Junior Middleweight Champion of the World Cory Spinks.
Also competing was a PBA Senior Tour All-Star team consisting of PBA Hall of Famers Tom Baker and David Ozio as well as Bob Kelly, Roger LeClair and Sam Zurich. Additionally, local Masters League All-Stars and Ladies Masters League All-Stars competed in the challenge.
Bluth was in attendance along with former voice of the PBA on NBC Jay Randolph Sr., who was honored for his contributions to bowling.
The celebrity team, from left: Former St. Louis Cardinals slugger Jack Clark, former St. Louis Blues goaltender Jon Casey, Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ken Daley and IBF Junior Middleweight champ Cory Spinks.Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Cory Spinks.Juanita Weber is honored Thursday night at West County Lanes.The PBA Senior Tour all-star team, from left: Tom Baker, David Ozio, Sam Zurich, Bob Kelly and Roger LeClair. PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia presents former voice of the PBA Jay Randolph with an award.
John Weber, PBA Senior Tour Director and son of Dick, throws out the ceremonial first ball.
From left, John, Rich, Juanita and Pete Weber.
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